Budget Matters Blog

Category: Transparency & Data


A Trump Budget?

Budgets are moral documents, and the new president’s budget will reveal so much. 


Open Community Forum this Friday

Please mark your calendars and join us for an engaging discussion on the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead.


Will Congress use the budget to pass these damaging campaign finance rules?

As if Citizens United weren’t enough, members of Congress are using the federal budget process to open the doors to more money in politics.


Few Days Remain for Congress to Pass a 2016 Budget

Lawmakers return to Capitol Hill today from an August recess with very little time left to pass a budget for fiscal yeat 2016.


Examining Federal Spending by Michigan State University

Most U.S. universities, like states and local governments, receive a good deal of federal grant money each year, especially for research and development purposes. Michigan State University recently pledged to do half of its $400 million per year purchasing budget with women- and minority-owned businesses. 


How DATA Act implementation is opening up federal spending

In May 2014, President Obama signed the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act) into law. Once implemented, the DATA Act will make it easier to understand how the federal government spends money.


Post-Election NPP: The 114th Congress and Beyond

No matter who's in office, NPP will continue its pursuit of a transparent, accessible federal budget.


Will You Vote On Tuesday, November 4?

Will You Vote On Tuesday, November 4?


Senate Races, Gubernatorial Races, and State Smart

Election 2014 is almost upon us. "Interest, amuse, and amaze yourselves between campaign commercials" with State Smart.


New Open Federal Spending Data: Week One

One week after launch, NPP presents hard-hitting analysis of the most popular State Smart states.